Saturday, March 19, 2011

Regulations for the swiftlet industry

By Shenton Thomas De Silva
THE Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry has come up with the National Swiftlet Industry guidelines to standardise the regulations in the industry, Its minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the guidelines approved by the Cabinet last week would be sold for RM15 a copy.

He said present and future swiftlet operators would have to follow the guidelines to get a licence to breed the birds.m Noh said a prospective swiftlet operator would be screened and approved by the Veterinary Service Department, which is responsible for issuing licences for swiftlet premises."Among the target areas of the department are farming, processing, import and export, besides providing environment-friendly premises," said Noh.

"The steps taken by the department is meant to ensure high quality bird's nest production which fulfills the global standard requirements," he said after launching the Taman Industri Burung Walit Payamas key presentation ceremony in Tangkak.

Present were State Agriculture and Development committee chairman Datuk Aziz Karpawi, Veterinary Service Department deputy director (2) Datuk Dr Ismail Che Embong, State Veterinary Service Department director Datin Paduka Dr Fauziah Embong and Taman Burung Walit Payamas project chairman Datuk Saipol Bahari Suib.

The Taman Burung Walit Payamas project operated by Sialin Holding Sdn Bhd would be selling 42 farming units, priced between RM400, 000 and RM750, 000 per unit to prospective operators.

Noh said premises built in a district or municipality requires other conditions, such as approval from the local council.

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